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As I said in yesterday's photo, at this moment we are celebrating the Carnival of Quebec city. For the next few days, I will try to bring you pictures of this festival. I have made a theme on it.

There are many activities that go on during the Carnival. One of them is ice scuplting. You can find amazing sculptures everywhere in the city during it. This is a frozen owl that has won one of the prizes for ice sculpturing this year.

Here's a little bit of history about the Carnival;

Since the beginning of our French colony, the habitants of New France formed a rowdy tradition of getting together just before Lent to eat, drink and be merry. Already at this era, this intense period of revelry was designated as the Carnival - a word of Italian origin that signifies Mardi Gras. The tradition of celebrating at the end of January until mid-February is a custom long in progress.

The first large winter Carnival in Quebec, the world's snow capital, took place in 1894. The city's population was often put to the test by winter's hardships, and brought this popular tradition to life by inventing the winter party that warmed up the hearts of all it revellers. Interrupted by two wars, then the economic crisis of 1929, the Carnival was sporadically resurgent until the second half of the century. In 1954, in the context of the economical development of the Old Capital, a group of business people re-launched the festivities.

Close to a million participants flock to the Carnival sites during the unique event.

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